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Santa Fund: Toddler dreams of a tricycle

MANCHESTER — Heidi and Harry are two Manchester parents struggling to make ends meet on fast-food restaurant salaries.

By the time they pay their bills and day care expenses, there isn't much left.With the holidays approaching, they worry about how to make sure there will be something under the tree for their 2-year-old boy on Christmas morning. That's why they turned to the New Hampshire Union Leader Santa Fund for the Salvation Army.

"I sat down with my husband, and we talked and we tried to see what our budget would be. It would be hard for us to give him a Christmas gift," Heidi said.

"I want to make sure he has what he needs for Christmas," she says.

She has her eyes set on buying clothes for the toddler, who is outgrowing outfits almost as soon as she buys them. But if dreams could come true, she would love to get the boy the tricycle he has his eyes set on.

"He tries to ride them in the stores," she said. "He sees them and he says, 'Mommy, come on.'"

"I have to take him off, knowing that I don't have the money for it," Heidi adds.

As the boy gets older and is more aware of Christmas, she said, it's more of a challenge to get by with less.

"Because he is at a different age and not a baby anymore, it's getting harder," she said.


Santa Fund donations may be made by sending a check to the Union Leader Santa Fund, in care of the New Hampshire Union Leader, P.O. Box 9555, Manchester 03108; or by placing a donation in the Santa Fund box in the lobby of the newspaper, at 100 William Loeb Drive, Manchester, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Donations can also be made online at

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